By Matt S Trout (mst) from northwestengland.pm, dahut.pm, drinkers.pm, lgbt.pm
Date: Saturday, 4 December 2010 14:10
Duration: 40 minutes
"The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests."
— Iain M. Banks
Attended by: Nicholas Clark, Gianni Ceccarelli (dakkar), Jody Belka (knewt), JJ Allen, Pedro Figueiredo (pfig), Dave Cross (davorg), Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker (ilmari), Tim Bunce, Wendy Van Dijk (woolfy), James Mastros (theorbtwo), David Faux, David Leadbeater (dg), Cass Johnston, Rosellyne Worrall (rozallin), James Morris, Graham Seaman, Marco Fontani (mfontani), Michael Jemmeson (michael), Mike Whitaker (Penfold), Peter Haworth (pmh1wheel), Neil Hemingway (neilh), fifi, Squeeky, Colin Campbell, Anatolie Mazur (Mask), Torsten Raudssus (Getty), Martin Evans (mjevans), Colin Newell (bfwg), Ben Martin, Andy Smith, Alex Burzyński (AJGB), James Aitken (LoonyPandora), Jerome Eteve (jeteve), Johnathan Swan, Daniel Lukasiak, Serife Hawkins-Ozer, Simon Williams, James Roberts, Sveinn Sandvik Svendsen, Colin Petrie,